Bay topple leaders to end winless run

Tim ChannonFirst Team

Jamie Rainford scored one goal and had an assist for the second

GOALS from Jamie Rainford and Danny Bartle made it lucky 13 for the Seagulls as they beat title chasers Lancaster City 2-0 to end their 12-match winless run.

Keeper Kieran Wolland also saved a Jordan Connerton penalty late on to cap a big day for manager Phill Hadland and his players.

The manager admitted it has been “hell” waiting for that elusive first league win since taking charge in December, but said: “The bottom line today was that we had 16 lads all working for each other and that was the difference.

“We prepared for the game a little bit differently and tweaked a few things here and there and it worked. But it is all down to the lads because they have had a really positive attitude all week and I felt before the game it would change today because there was a really good vibe in the dressing room.

“Yes, we had a bit of luck, but we have had very little of that lately.

“I thought defensively we looked quite secure and they never really hurt us. Considering they are top of the table I don’t think they looked that much better than us on the day.

“Football is  a game of fine margins. What we need now is to show some consistency. Its no good having one good result, we’ve got to follow it up on Tuesday at Droylsden.”

Colwyn Bay took the lead after 20 minutes when Jamie Rainford cleverly teed himself up and fired into the bottom corner from the edge the area (see top picture) and early in the second half he headed the ball down perfectly from Will Booth’s diagonal ball into the area for Danny Bartle to volley past City keeper Michael Hale.

Moments earlier Mike Roddy had been unlucky to see his header from a corner rebound off a post.

Lancaster brought on three substituites and did most of the pressing in the last half hour , but were denied a route back into the game when Wolland dropped to his left to save Connerton’s spot kick after Gaz Grant’s challenge in the area had been penalised.

A goal then would have set up an anxious last ten minutes, but the Bay saw the game out with Lancaster having substitute Louis Mayers red carded on 88 minutes as frustration boiled over  at a defeat that has knocked them off the top of the table on goal difference.

Jamie Rainford’s goal plus  an assist, and some great work closing down defenders, edges him as man of the match, but he was run close by Will Booth who had a great game in an unfamiliar role of right back.

“The thinking behind that is that is Boothy is very athletic, people don’t get past him easily and he has good distribution,” responded the manager. “I thought he was close to being man of the match today and I’m really pleased for Will because he has not been playing much lately and has been given his chance and taken it.

“Danny Bartle has been ill all week, but again he did well up front and all of them deserve their chance against Droylsden now.”

Colwyn Bay: Kieran Wolland, Will Booth, Louis Corrigan, Dan Collins, Gaz Grant, Sam Barnes (c), Mike Roddy (Warren Bellew 73 mins), Tom Schofield, Danny Bartle (Chris Gahgan 90 mins), Jamie Rainford, Danny Andrews. Subs not used: Luke Denson, Liam Turner, Iwan Cartwright.

Attendance: 178

  • THERE will be match updates from Tuesday’s away game at Droylsden on Twitter @ColwynBayFC


Jumping for joy, Jamie Rainford celebrates his first goal since rejoining the club.

The Seagulls celebrate Rainford’s opening goal. Photos by DAVID THOMAS